ARTS (Painting & Sculpt)

Sir William Dobell
Australia Crest

Born in Newcastle on 24th September, 1899.

He studied art in London and Holland on a scholarship before returning to Sydney to teach.

A 3 time Archibald Prize winner, he won the 1943 prize for a controversial portrait of fellow painter Joshua Smith. Many considered this entry as a caricature and not a portrait. Court action followed on for two years. The portrait was later destroyed in a fire.

His Wangi Boy sold in 1998 for $497,500.

Bill Dobell was knighted in 1966 and died in 1970.

William Dobell - Margaret Olley 1948 Archibald
William Dobell - Margaret Olley 1948 Archibald



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